Fergus Hume's sensational novel The Mystery of a Hansom Cab is Australia's original blockbuster and international best-selling crime novel.
First published in 1886, it was an overnight sensation, selling hundreds of thousands of copies around the world and being translated into eleven languages. Over a century later, Hansom Cab has lost none of its page-turning power.
Set in the charming and deadly streets of Melbourne, this brilliantly plotted murder thriller tells the story of a crime committed by an unknown assassin. With its panoramic depiction of a bustling yet uneasy city, Hansom Cab has a central place in Australian literary history.
Foreword by Simon Caterson.
About the Author
Fergus Hume (1859–1932), English lawyer and prolific author spent a number of years in New Zealand and Australia where he began his career of more than thirty years writing detective stories, including his first novel and international best-seller The Mystery of a Hansom Cab (1886).
`A highly readable and clever mystery, as well as a fascinating description of the minutiae of life in Victorian Melbourne. Hume wanted to write a book, "containing a mystery, a murder, and a description of low life in Melbourne." He did pay tribute to the works of the French mystery writer Emile Gaboriau and his earlier Monsieur Lecoq novels, but many would argue that Hume's plotting is tighter than his French counterpart and his mystery a tougher one to solve.' * Literary Hub * 'Fiendishly cunning.' -- Shane Maloney 'A splendidly romantic melodrama, full of period charm, and Victorian sentiment...The Mystery of a Hansom Cab is not only a classic but hugely enjoyable as well.' * West Australian * 'An absolute ripper. A plot full of astonishing twists and turns, and brilliant evocation of 19th-Century Melbourne that captures its charm, bustle and rawness.' * Inside Melbourne * 'Well written and immensely readable.' * Daily Telegraph * 'One of the hundred best crime novels of all time.' * Sunday Telegraph *
Series: Text Classics
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 24th October 2012
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Type: New edition